Some people have noses.
You can’t hold it against someone that their face was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or that they were born with a defect (or reborn, as the case may be). Several people without noses have scintillating personalities and are lovely friends to have along on a picnic.
But some choose to be morose about their noseless state. They neglect themselves, letting their skins turn colors or deteriorate altogether, taking different, more frightening forms as the whim takes them.
You would not want them along on a picnic.
The ringleader for the second group is, quite obviously, Lord Voldemort. Reborn into the arms of the most weaselly of henchmen, he’d had enough of a shock before finding out his nose hadn’t left the netherworld attached to his face. I’m afraid this is where he began the slow descent into madness. Suddenly taking an unhealthy liking to shapeless garments, he let his skin turn grey and his fingernails grow. His hair, like his nose, was gone; but if he had hair, it would surely be long and unkempt. He threw his toothbrush to the rats, which explains why Wormtail’s hair is so nicely combed.
But he is not alone in nose-induced insanity. After his body perished in the collapse of Numenor, long before the Ring was found, he gathered himself in the darkness of Mirkwood. Unfortunately, as he chased after a few of his fingers, he lost his nose somewhere in the Misty Mountains. It was never regained, but rumor has it that the Durin’s Bane awoke when something small and malicious fell into its nose. Long afterward, the spirit of Sauron reformed, noseless, into the Great Eye we know and love today.
Nevertheless, there are some who live quite well without noses. Pinocchio, for example, had his amputated when he grew up to become a politician. The stump twinges often, but it never grows anymore. He has become very successful indeed.
Some people without noses aren’t people at all. Idolized by millions, the child superfish Nemo was born without a nose. Come to think of it, his father was too, as was his mother. It must run in the family.
The Great Sphinx of Giza had its nose removed, some say by the Emperor Napoleon himself. The jury is still out on whether or not it was removed by the Sphinx’s intention.
In fact, there are some who have amputated their own noses, or left it off their personal symbols, to seem sympathetic to others. Iron Man, the great mechanic hero, has no nose. Not even a nostril. The man inside the shell does, but he left it off his suit for reasons of his own. Though privately he enjoys snuffboxes and smelling the flowers, his public persona has no time for it.
Some have removed their noses for practicality’s sake. The idea of staying in the same room with unwashed Vikings and dragons was too fantastical for the producers of How to Train Your Dragon– in the movie, Toothless stars without a nose, though most others retain theirs. That partially explains why Toothless didn’t complain when Hiccup hugged him on the snout.
Don’t shun such unfortunate creatures simply because their noses have been left off. Don’t pick noses over noselesses. Instead, bring them on picnics. They won’t be able to smell the dessert.